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Consumers today areincreasingly adopting new products and technology that offer improved control, energy efficiency, reliability and convenience. An example of a connected home may include remote sensing in a home heating and cooling system to regulate temperature and humidity using artificial intelligence to understand the lifestyle and preferences of the occupants and automatically meet those preferences in the most energy efficient way possible. Alternately, it’s also possible to directly control key functions in your home from anywhere in the world through your smartphone.
In the future we expect the technology behind these ideas to become more complex and capable, but from a user standpoint, seamless, automated and easy to use. Imagine your alarm waking you at the right time, turning on your shower, and brewing a perfect cup of coffee, and optimizing your driving route to make your scheduled appointment on time. The hardware has been available for a long time, but only now is the software catching up to make these types of scenarios possible.
As the world evolves with this new wave of smart technology, experts predict that by 2020 the number of IoT devices that are active and connected will reach 10 billion and to a further 22 billion by 2015.
TE Connectivity’s global engineering experts stay on top of the latest trends in the IoT space and are actively designing connectivity solutions that support use cases spanning multiple market segments ranging from Digital Factory deployment in the industrial space, remote power line monitoring in the energy sector to smart sensing solutions in major home appliances. This focus on research and development allows us to offer our customers leading-edgesolutions to help grow their business, drive innovation and remain competitive in these new and growing markets. Our teams take their knowledge and design products optimize the need for miniaturization, simple designs, and sensor integration that provide best in class performance and reliability at very attractive price-points.
TE connectivity isa leader in connectivity and sensor-based solutions across the broadest range of technologies allowing us to create highly engineered products and platforms to allow communications over wired or wireless links in harsh environments where failure is not an option.
A good example that demonstrates how this capability is mapped to real world applications is in the field of telecommunications and how the additional bandwidth requirements of connected IoT devices is driving 5G and related technology deployment. As a result, our engineers areincreasingly focused on building and designing our products around the 5G network to ensure increased data bandwidth, speed, reliability and reduced latency.
Similarly, building a smart home for the future requires connectivity and sensor solutions with optimized architecture specific to the needs of that market – highly reliable, high performance, small size, ease of deployment and cost effective. TE is leading the way in this area for many of our customers with smart, integrated solutions that reduce complexity, integrate more functionality and reduce cost through part count reductions. This approach has allowed new innovations in a broad range of home appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and ovens.
Not only does TE develop solutions for our many global customers, we also deploy IoT technology in our own manufacturing sites. Depending on the complexity of the process, we deploy a range of methodologies to manufacture our products – from robots and fully automated assembly lines to small cells with skilled operators for those highly complex, lower volume products. Sensor enabled IoT devices are used for quality control, reduction of workplace injuries and efficiency improvements.
In summary, TE Connectivity is investing in and leading the way in building the connection within our homes, across industry and into new markets only now enabled through the maturation of this technology. We believe in creating innovative designs and providing our customers with dynamic solutions for the smart home today, tomorrow and into the future.